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Retainers seem super complicated if you’ve never done them before. I know I used to be afraid of them because they seem like these big, scary monsters you just don’t know how you’ll tame. Then you get one or two […]

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So perhaps you heard about mobilegeddon (that big Google update that was supposed to seriously shake up the search results for any site that wasn’t mobile friendly). Which means you know that your client’s website is in serious need of […]

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Being a freelancer means giving up a lot of immediate wants to keep your business afloat and growing. Things like: a new wardrobe every season, social events that involve eating out or meeting at a bar, or a more desirable […]

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Sometimes, at Reliable PSD (our creative agency’s new design-to-code conversion company), we get clients who write us…errr…a lot…asking for status updates. Now, we are very clear about ETA, and had been communicating and updating them on ETA as we went. […]

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Maybe you’re a freelancer or an entrepreneur. Maybe you work in a cubicle. Maybe you run an agency. Or maybe you’re a billionaire CEO. Whoever you are, I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess you have […]

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I’m a night owl: some of my best, most productive work happens between 8pm-1am. Understandably then, 8am…and even 9am, is not my best friend. (And neither are alarm clocks.) So I’d gotten into this pattern of working late, sleeping ’til […]

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You’ve been mulling over the idea of starting your own creative business for months, and have finally decided to pull the trigger. Or maybe you’ve been freelancing by yourself for a while and you’re ready to partner with someone else, […]

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In the past year or so, I’ve been the “brains” behind around 6 product launches that grossed anywhere from $300k – $625k / year within a week of launching (so $25k – $52k in monthly revenue). These launches were totally […]

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If you ask ten freelancers what their least favorite thing about freelancing is, I’ll bet money at least half of them say “uneven income.” The feast or famine cycle is the equivalent of the freelancer’s boogeyman, drawing shudders when you […]

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Have you ever updated your Adobe Design Suite but been too busy to really investigate the new features? You keep plowing along, using the tools the way you’ve always done until they change something that requires you learn the “new way,” […]

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I had a few sales calls lately, only I was the potential client. They were with very savvy marketers, too. Ones who really know their stuff, but I couldn’t believe the insanely simple, crucial mistake they were making in these calls. […]

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I first came across Elance a couple years ago when I started freelancing full time. At the time, I was willing to try most anything to get my business up and running, including: responding to ads on a Craigslist-type website […]

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Everyday, more and more people decide to leave their 9-5 job for an amazing life of freelancing. According to a new survey, 34% of the total U.S. workforce is made up of freelancers; that’s 53 million people! That means if […]

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Your beautiful print project is ready. You can’t wait to see it in print. But who do you trust with your masterpiece? Which print shop is the “right one” for your project? Is it: The local guys? An online printer? […]

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In the old days when things got quiet, you simply picked up the phone and made a few calls to stir things up. Or you made a list of companies you wanted to work for and cold-called them. Now it’s […]

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Following up is one of the least used and MOST powerful tools you have under your belt. I’m going to talk about why that is, how to do it, and share the $5 / month tool we use over at […]

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For me as a creative entrepreneur, picking the right app can be a daunting task. First of all, I’m only one person who’s already wearing 15 different hats, so carving out time to look for productivity software is difficult for me. […]

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Since I started using WordPress, I’ve been amazed at the rapidly growing number of plugins and core updates that continue to extend WordPress’s functionality and capability. (WordPress is a super-flexible CMS – content management system). One of the things I love […]

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Do you always go along with client requests even if you’re not comfortable with what’s being asked of you? Are you struggling to make ends meet even though you have plenty of work? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. […]

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When working day in and day out, even the life of creative professionals can get monotonous. To boost your creativity and improve the quality of your work, remember that aside from staying up on the latest trends, you also need your […]

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Here at Millo we’re always promoting creating a business (and career) you love. This typically involves building a business from the ground up and being your own boss. And without a doubt, being an entrepreneur is a fantastic job. I […]

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Supervising a project can be an overwhelming task. Too many projects fail because little mistakes accumulate and hit the project like a big fire ball. In fact, one study found that 13.5% of each dollar invested in a project becomes completely […]

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Take a moment and run through the first 15 minutes of your day with me. Any day of the week, a “work day,” the weekend, any day you like. What does your morning routine look like? You wake up. You […]

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The KEYSTONE to winning over new clients is a great proposal. After all, it’s the final item you send them before they make their decision. A lot rests on it, so you have to do it right. Here’s the exact […]

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You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. – Jim Rohn Subconsciously, we are greatly affected and influenced by the people we spend the most time interacting with (they don’t have to live next […]

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We’ve all experienced clients that aren’t our favorites, from the ones that we’re just not excited about to the ones that we cringe at when we see their phone call or email. Why is it that we get “bad” clients? […]

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For those of you who’ve made the leap into full-time freelancing, the ebb and flow of new business can be especially unnerving. You’ve cast aside your full-time safety net, and now have to keep the fish biting in order to […]

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I love Illustrator so much. (What’s your favorite design software? Tell me.) Despite some snags that cropped up with the CC conversion, I have a very happy long-term relationship with Illustrator. But it CAN be frustrating, so here are a […]

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What gets measured gets moved. As best as I can tell this is a mis-quote of Peter Drucker, but it’s a very potent philosophy. Whether you’re working on the tiny blog, the hyper-growth startup, or the established industry titan, one common […]

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Becoming a successful freelancer isn’t easy. It’s never handed to you, and it doesn’t come overnight, either. Becoming a successful freelancer takes hard work, dedication, and an unwillingness to give up. Ultimately, the only person who can determine if you are […]

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I saw someone asking it on twitter just the other day. I got a Linkedin message about it over the weekend. And I’ve realized it’s the absolute worst question you can ask about any sort of creative work. The scariest part is, most […]

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Whether you’re designing sites for yourself, hiring someone to do it for you, or somewhere in-between…here are 4 tips I’ve found that boost the results websites get by a LOT. Use them for your freelancing portfolio or for clients. (They’re […]

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As creatives, we’re often chomping at the bit to learn from other successful creatives: How do they boost conversions? What are their trade secrets for making more sales? Where are all the best clients hiding, and how come everyone else […]

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Do you read those tantalizing stories about other creatives working remotely while traveling the world and wonder if it’s right for you? Or are you hoping to sneak in a family vacation and you’re on the fence about whether or […]

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So often in business (and in life), it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. Subtle changes in how you present yourself and your business – whether on your website, at a networking event, or while meeting with […]

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I was recently listening to an interview with James Clear–productivity hacker, athlete and entrepreneur. He made a very interesting point about two seemingly similar words that can have very different meanings. Those words? “Can’t” and “don’t.” He was specifically speaking about […]

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Well, here we are. It’s June, and you know what that means — it’s National Candy Month! That’s right, the one month per year we indulge on sugar, chocolate, and an assortment of other sweets. …Right? …Guys? (crickets) Ok, fine. If you’re like me, […]

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When clients read the right words, they pick up the phone and call you. It’s that simple. Writing those “right” words for your your website, brochure, or anything else, is actually really simple too. The bad news: If you’re like […]

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My husband Eddie and I started our design agency back in 2006. For the first several years, we priced our projects hourly. We estimated the number of hours based on past performance and only charged clients for how much time […]

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One of the best ways to expand your creative business is to form relationships with peers and similar industry experts to tackle bigger projects in a collaborative effort. However, there are many pitfalls to a team of freelancers taking on […]

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Hey there – how’s your design portfolio looking these days? Are you behind on updating it, like me? Excellent! I love not being the only one. Or maybe you’re new to the game and haven’t set one up yet. Either way you’re […]

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It’s been a couple of weeks since we changed our brand name from GraphicDesignBlender.com to Millo. Personally, our team has loved the change. I mean, can you imagine all the time we save every day by typing “millo” instead of “GraphicDesignBlender”? […]

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We all know how easy it is to fall into our routines and somehow, implementing a digital strategy can become just another task on our endless list of things to do. The fact is, putting a marketing plan for internet […]

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